Krishna

Om Klim Krishnaya Swaha

 

(Ohm Kleem Krish•neye•yah Swah•hah)

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A Note About Chanting Your Mantra

 

You can chant your mantra out loud or silently.

I recommend chanting out loud at least a few times at first. I find it easiest to not think about anything but the mantra when chanting out loud. Chanting out loud also allows you to feel the vibration in your skull and opens your throat chakra.

I chant in a whisper or silently when I’m called to naturally. Otherwise, I chant out loud. I invite you to play with it for yourself.

 

Working with divine energy in a mantra is like singing to a dearly beloved. I invite you to bring that intention and an awareness of the qualities of the mantra’s energy into your chant.

 

You can chant a repetition of 11, 27, 54 or 108. All of these are sacred numbers. Your practice recording has a repetition of 108. But feel free to work up to that, chant what feels right, or choose the length based upon the time available to you in any given day. This is your mantra and your practice—make it your own.

You can keep count by: listening to the audio practice; using a mala (a full mala has 108 beads; a hand mala has 27); or simply setting a timer for 5 minutes.

 

Your mantra is chanted with an inflection on the second to last syllable of the name of the divine energy. This is how I was taught and how I practice. My Guru teaches that this inflection reaches up toward the divine energy and creates a lightness in your heart. I’ve done my best to be true to this in your mantra recording. Know, however, that your mantra has been influenced by the call of my heart over years of practice and has the characteristics of my chanting: songlike and varied in vocal depth. You may have heard mantras chanted in a monotone or with a different cadence or inflection elsewhere. This version is how the energy is being extended from my lineage to you through me. There is power in that, so try it and see how it feels. Once you know your mantra, feel free to practice it at the pace and cadence in which you are called. Let the call of your heart sing the chant.

 

You are calling upon yourself. These divine energies are at least as internal as they are external. They exist inside you. The chant calls them out, fine tunes them, makes them accessible to your everyday consciousness. I recommend opening up space within yourself for the sound through yoga, walking in nature, coloring, painting, dancing, anything that makes your heart sings and nourishes your body.

“These mantras mean business, and as such, they act as vibrational guideposts in our spiritual practice. . . . Eventually, we stop chanting the mantra, and the mantra starts chanting us.”

Alanna Kaivalya, Sacred Sound

“At first, mantra is used as a tool to kill the mind. Then it’s used as your connection to the divine source. . . Use your mantra to call God to you. Eventually your mantra will enable you to become God. . . Every individual person has their personal connection to God through mantra. it is always there. Think of your mantra as a river that is always flowing. If you sit by that river that flows, you will hear your mantra, very clearly. It’s always there.”

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Additional Resources to Explore

The Bhagavad Gita is the sacred vedic text on dharma, a dialogue between Krishna and the warrior Arjuna, who faces a battle, for which he has trained his entire life, and which he does not want. Eknath Easwaran has an accessible scholarly translation. Stephen Mitchell’s translation is poetry.

The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope is an exploration of the The Gita’s teachings on dharma through the lens of the lives of historic figures.

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